This upcoming November 16th marks the 90th birthday of the Honourable Landon Pearson—a long-time advocate for the rights and well-being of children around the world. In celebration of this milestone, and in honour of International Day of the Child, which is serendipitously on November 20th, we are asking for your support to continue the work of the Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights.

Whether we recall our own childhood or interact with children in our daily lives,   we understand that children who grow up in relationships based on mutual respect can arc their lives towards justice. Your generosity would help to support this vision that lies at the core of the Centre’s work by helping to ensure that children in Canada are aware of their rights and responsibilities and know how to exercise them within a receptive and respectful society. Your generosity reflects our shared commitment to address questions of inequality and foster a culture of respect for children and young people in Canada in a substantive way.

The Landon Pearson Centre proudly promotes a rights-respecting approach in all of their activities.  The Centre enables children’s and young people’s participation through exemplary rights-based activities, acts as the institutional memory-holder regarding the development of children’s rights in Canada, supports key areas including teaching, research, mentorship, collaboration and knowledge dissemination, and offers a place for creative engagement for all:

  1. Teaching: Fosters a culture of respect by improving understanding and awareness of children’s rights.
  2. Research: Supports quality research and knowledge mobilization efforts. The Centre maintains a specific research focus on Indigenous children’s rights and research
  3. Mentorship: Offers opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate scholars through mentorship and student engagement.
  4. Collaboration: Supports organizations working to build local, national and international partnerships
  5. Outreach: Enhances and supports capacity-building for the full implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada.

Your generosity will help to ensure that the Centre will continue its work in these important areas as well as core activities including the Shaking the Movers youth-led national workshop series, knowledge mobilization through the Child Rights Academic Network (CRAN) and the production and publication of the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights.

Thank you for your gift in support of the meaningful work of the Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Canada’s premier, and only, children’s rights Centre.